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Woman survives breast cancer, as do mother and grandmother

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Surviving breast cancer is a big deal, since this condition is the most common carcinoma found in American women, easily beating out lung cancer, the number two tumor type for this group. The National Cancer Institute estimates that one in eight women will experience breast cancer in her lifetime.

If that lifetime is long enough, a women might see her daughter and even her granddaughter be diagnosed - and, with luck, survive - breast cancer. This situation happened to North Carolina resident Liz Wurster and her family.

She told WRAL-TV Raleigh that at the age of 32, she was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer, an aggressive tumor that required chemotherapy and a bilateral mastectomy.

Her mother, Jean Wurster, experienced the same thing seven years ago when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Unlike her daughter, Jean also underwent radiation therapy and, later, a breast reconstruction, the news source said.

This latter operation, on which Liz has not yet decided, was not available when her grandmother - Jean's mother, 94-year-old Doris Miller - had her mastectomy in 1983, the news station noted.

All three women recently walked in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Raleigh. Liz told the source, "I'll bet Grammy will be the oldest person probably walking in the race."

Three generations of women survive breast cancer. WRAL. June 10, 2011. http://www.wral.com/lifestyles/specials/komen_for_the_cure/story/9713579/ Accessed June 14, 2011.

SEER Stat Fact Sheets: Breast. National Cancer Institute. http://www.seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/breast.html Accessed June 14, 2011.

Extract: The National Cancer Institute estimates that one in eight women will experience breast cancer in her lifetime. If that lifetime is long enough, a women might see her daughter and even her granddaughter be diagnosed - and, with luck, survive - breast cancer.

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